Robert Parry wrote a brilliantly comprehensive article that points out Republicans' desire to initiate a new Jim Crow-like era aimed at galvanizing white supremacy by destroying America's "commitment to the democratic principle of one person, one vote – and a readiness of Republicans to operate within the traditional standards of democratic governance."
Parry's article, which can be found at, http://consortiumnews.com/... is appropriately titled: "The White Man’s Last Tantrum?"
Here's an excerpt:
Instead of accepting the emergence of this more diverse and multi-cultural America, the Right – through the Tea Party-controlled Republicans – has decided to alter the constitutional framework of the United States to guarantee the perpetuation of white supremacy and the acceptance of right-wing policies.
In effect, we are seeing the implementation of a principle enunciated by conservative thinker William F. Buckley in 1957: “The white community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas in which it does not predominate numerically.” Except now the Buckley rule is being applied nationally.
So what to do? Right-wing billionaires helped by pouring in vast sums to create a powerful right-wing propaganda machine, an ideological media unparalleled in American history. The loud voices and angry words from the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Rupert Murdoch whipped up white grievances, but – as the election and reelection of African-American Barack Obama showed – more was needed.
The votes of non-whites and the young needed to be suppressed via manipulated election rules; the use of scientific gerrymandering had to be expanded to further devalue Democratic votes; obstructionism in Congress had to become the rule, not the exception.
Finally, it became clear that a de facto transformation of the constitutional system was needed to prevent the rule of this emerging – and “undeserving” – majority. Thus, government by extortion became the ultimate solution.
The Tea Party-induced government shutdown and the upcoming extortion demands over the debt ceiling may indeed turn out to be the white man’s last tantrum – but this extremist strategy of mayhem and extortion could also be the inauguration of a grim new era of Jim Crow.
The election of America's first black/bi-racial President scared the Right-Wing racists so much, they're resorting to their nuclear options. They believe they have to act now...before "their" version of America is lost forever.
This is the hateful, fearful road desperate Republicans -- led and financed by the Koch Brothers -- are trying to take America down. The question is: Can they be stopped?